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Long. Live. A$AP.

A$AP Rocky

Long. Live. A$AP.

Much-anticipated major label hip hop debut from the Harlem rapper, following up his highly-praised 2011 mixtape release Live. Love. A$AP

ADM rating[?]

7.0

Label
RCA
UK Release date
14/01/2013
US Release date
15/01/2013
  1. 8.5 |   Pitchfork

    He is undeniably a hit-maker and a major new rap star for a city that sorely needs one. And with LongLiveA$AP, he's beaten expectations twice
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  2. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    An absorbing, immersive listening experience
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  3. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    An aesthetic marvel, fully realized and unmistakably distinct. That’s all it tries to be
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  4. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Production-wise this album is startling in its breadth. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    His abundant skills confidently override any shortcomings. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Frequently thrilling, a dense splurge of woozy electronics and samples, packed with lovely production touches
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  7. 8.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Most rappers tend to lose their capacity for innovation after signing a big deal, but thankfully this isn't the case
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  8. 8.0 |   All Music

    A$AP Rocky comes off as rap's Jim Morrison, offering an accessible, attractive, and brutish journey into darkness while remaining true to his spirit
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  9. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    There's a fine line between "effortless" and "lazy", and A$AP Rocky walks it with nonchalant ease
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  10. 8.0 |   The AU Review

    If strictly braggadocio rap over dope beats is your thing, then you will not be disappointed
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  11. 7.5 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Builds on the promise of his mixtape, extends itself into new territory, and in the process reveals some of the shortcomings of Rocky’s craft
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  12. 7.4 |   Beats Per Minute

    A promising voice capable of building fantastic songs, but this is hardly the work of perfection some want to guilt you into thinking it is
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  13. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Rocky expands his horizons ... indulging in relative experimentation while also adhering to the gifts that have catapulted him to stardom in just over a year
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  14. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Like all great sequels, the album ups the ante without losing what made the original compelling
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  15. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    If you’re driving in your car, Love.Live.A$AP is going to sound great. It’s just that on closer listening, the album isn’t engaging enough
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  16. 7.0 |   NME

    Full of superb moments and offers a rich tasting menu of unique sounds. Print edition only

  17. 7.0 |   music OMH

    Long.Live.A$AP is unlikely to win over the doubters, but it will consolidate A$AP Rocky’s status as an exciting talent
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  18. 7.0 |   Tone Deaf

    Despite its flaws, Long. Live. A$AP is a classy hip-hop album
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  19. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    To break it down, it’s a 9/10 for the production, beats and flow, and a 1/10 for the lyrics
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  20. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Debut album Long Live A$AP is a fine piece of work and augers well for the patient approach
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  21. 6.0 |   Pop Matters

    A fine enough retail debut, but when you can get the stronger, more unique product for free that’s a strange thing to strongly recommend anyone
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  22. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    An intermittently dazzling collection of slinky, mutated R&B helmed by an unsteady, half-interested voice
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  23. 5.5 |   Paste Magazine

    Unfortunately most of Rocky’s mixtape producers have been edged out of Long. Live. A$AP in favor of bigger and more familiar studio hands
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  24. 5.0 |   Spin

    By LONG.LIVE's end, we know everything that Rocky likes, but no idea what he's like
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  25. 5.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Rocky’s studied, humourless delivery is harder to swallow
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  26. 5.0 |   BBC

    Ultimately Long.Live.A$AP fails to match its hype with a coherent trend-setting statement
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